AFTER TOOTH EXTRACTION AFTERCARE
|Aftercare and correct dental instructions may contribute to your health
Key Benefits of Accurate
Dental Care and Instructions:
- Make post-surgical
infection less likely or less severe.
- Reduce local bleeding at
the time of the surgery and after.
- Promote post-surgical
to do After Tooth Extraction Aftercare
- Bite firmly the gauze pack over the surgical area for,
at least, 1/2 hour; then
discard it gently.
- Some blood will ooze from the area of surgery for several
hours and it is normal.
- Do not spit, or suck through a straw, since this will promote
- When bleeding persists at
home, place a gauze pad or cold wet
teabag over the area and bite firmly for 30 minutes.
- Avoid rubbing the area with your tongue.
- Keep your head elevated on several pillows or sit in a lounge
chair for 12 hours.
- DO NOT SMOKE for 24 hours after surgery because this will
cause bleeding, pain and interfere with healing.
- Do not rinse your mouth or brush your teeth for the first 12
hours after the surgical appointment. Then use
warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon salt in 1/2 cup [4 ounces] of warm water)
after tooth-brushing and every 2 hours.
P.R.N.™ in your mouth and it will find any sores,
providing fast, effective pain relief.
- Brush the teeth gently.
- Avoid the surgical
- Get plenty of rest; at least 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night. Avoid
strenuous exercise during the first 24 hours, and keep the mouth from
excessive movement. Physical activity may increase bleeding.
- Use a liquid or soft diet high in protein.
- Drink a large volume of water and fruit juices.
- Do not drink through a straw because this may promote
- Avoid hot food for the first 24 hours after surgery because
this may promote bleeding.
- Eat a soft diet for the first 24 hours after
tooth extraction aftercare.
- Avoid foods that require excessive chewing.
- You can resume a normal diet
the day after tooth removal.
|Pain and Discomfort
Some discomfort is normal after surgery. It can be
controlled by taking the pain medication your dentist has prescribed or
- Start taking your pain pills before the numbing
medication has worn off.
- Take your pain pill with an
8 oz. glass of water and/or a small amount of
food to prevent nausea.
Over-the-counter (OTC) pain
medications or Painkillers may be used for temporary pain
relief. Take these as directed on the package and around the clock.
Do not overdosing on these generic
NAPROXEN SODIUM, or
|Swelling and Icepacks
- Swelling after surgery is a normal body reaction.
- Swelling reaches its maximum about 48 hours
after surgery, and usually lasts 4-6 days.
- Applying ice packs over the area for the first 24 hours (no
longer than 20 minutes at a time) helps control swelling and may you more
- Heat is not used for
Sutures or Stitches
- You may experience some mild bruising in the area of your
- This is a normal response
in some persons and should not be cause for alarm.
- It will disappear in 7-14
- If stitches were
placed in area of your surgery, your dentist will tell you if and when they
need to be removed (usually in about 1 week).
- Many times stitches are
used which are self-dissolving (7-10 days) and do not require
Call your Dentist
or a Hospital Emergency Room if:
- You experience discomfort you
cannot control with your
- You have bleeding that you cannot control by biting on
- You have increased swelling after the third day following
- You have a fever.
- You have any questions.
Infection Under Control After Tooth Extraction Aftercare
|The removal of teeth can allow
germs in the mouth to enter the bloodstream and cause infections in
other parts of your body.
If you have difficulty fighting
off infections you may need to take antibiotics after
This includes those who:
- Have had bacterial
endocarditis, an infection of the lining of the heart.
- Were born with heart
- Have damaged or artificial
- Have artificial joints,
such as a hip replacement.
- Have diabetes or another
disease that causes an impaired immune system.
- Take steroids for other
conditions, such as Crohn's disease or asthma.
|Looking forward to hearing from
V. Melekhin, DDS
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